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LA CaTS Center Leaders at Partner Institutions Named to Healthy State Advisory Board

December 20, 2022

Two years ago, Ochsner Health joined the state of Louisiana and Gov. John Bel Edwards to announce Healthy State by 2030 to improve Louisiana’s health ranking from 50th to 40th by 2030. Ochsner recently celebrated the formation of a 38-member Healthy State Advisory Board. Two LA CaTS Center leaders were named to the advisory board. Dr. John Kirwan, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Dr. Steve Nelson, MD, LSU Health New Orleans are part of the LA CaTS Center Executive Council.

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About the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center
The LA CaTS Center is comprised of three primary collaborating institutions in the state, including LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LSU Health in New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans – and also includes six research partners: LSU Health in Shreveport, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and University Medical Center. The LA CaTS Center’s vision for Louisiana encompasses the strengths and capacities unique to each member institution and represents a unified, comprehensive approach for targeting prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population. The scholar program is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center. For more information, please visit